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1602 Works of Josephus


Title: 1602 FAC
Size: 15.5 x 9 x 2
Font: Roman

Additional Features:

Full Calf Binding
End Papers: Cotton

Appraisal Value: $6,000

Sale Price: $2,995


1602 Works of Josephus

[London] : Printed [by Peter Short] at the charges of G. Bishop, S. Waterson, P. Short, and Tho. Adams, 1602.

The leaves are generally clean, with the text block having wide margins, not usually found with this edition. Some chipping to leaf edges primarily found only on beginning and ending leaves. It has been collated and is complete.

The first word “THE” on its title page is xylographic. “The Lamentable and Tragicall Historie of the vvars and vtter ruine of the Ievves” has separate dated title page; pagination and register are continuous and include Tables and Index. Overall the folio volume is in quite good condition and Extremely Rare. — Flavius Josephus was a Jewish historian of a priestly family, who wrote largely in Greek, although his native language was Aramaic; indeed it was in this language that he wrote his account of the war against the Romans, a war in which he played an active role, and which ended in the sack of the Temple in Jerusalem.

This work was written after 70AD, and translated into Greek. His work on Jewish history, the Jewish Antiquities, was written in Greek, and in part gives a much fuller account of the events up to 66AD, the year in which he had returned to Judaea after a period in Rome. Both works are hugely important for Jewish history, and as a ‘classical’ Jewish account of the earliest years of Christianity served, and still serve, as a counterweight to the exclusively Christian account of the period.